If you read my previous column you can imagine I'm not doing any cartwheels over this pickup. Portis is more along the lines of the "typical" Fridge quarterback: he can throw and run with equal ability, but I'm not going to predict he'll be the next Joe Hamilton. He was a highly rated quarterback out of high school, having been considered the 4th best "dual threat" QB by Rivals.com, but this is now his third college choice if he come to Maryland. He backed out of a commitment to Utah when Urban Meyer left for Florida and now has quit on the Gators and Meyer. This is not a good sign. He had 81 yards passing in limited mop up duty for the Gators this past season so we really don't know what were going to be getting in 2007, when he'll be cleared to play after sitting out next season due to transfer rules. Hopefully by then Portis will have grown up a little and stop letting his meddling mother run his life.
The 2007 QB situation just got even more crowded. Now Jordan Steffy, Chris Turner, Jeremy Ricker and Portis will fight it out for the starting job in '07. Unless Steffy wins the offseason QB competition this year none of those players will have significant experience. Friedgen has been unable to develop his own quarterback since he has come to Maryland. Joel Statham was a failure, Jordan Steffy hasn't show much promise even when he's healthy which isn't often, and it appears the coach is about ready to throw Sam Hollenbach overboard too. I think that would be a mistake, but we'll see.
Class of 2007 shooting guard Jeff Jones, who committed to Maryland last month, poured in 34 points in a win over Archbishop Wood the other day. This kid can flat out score folks. He was a great pickup for the '07 class and will be a top 50 player when the final rankings come out.
Class of 2006 commits Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes also both played at Potomac high school the other day, Milbourne for Oak Hill and Hayes for the home school. Hayes scored 19 in an upset win over Baltimore's McDonogh high and Hoya commit DaJuan Summers. Hayes nailed three out of four free throws to ice the game in a 55-54 victory.
Milbourne's Oak Hill crushed an overmatched Herndon high 106-74. Milbourne is showing some very nice shooting range that he didn't have last season.